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Filing to Run for Chicago Office Closes Monday, November 24 (November 22, 2014, 08:56 PM)

Chicago holds an election for city office, including the three citywide offices, in February 2015. The petition filing deadline is Monday, November 24. Citywide candidates need 12,500 valid signatures. See this story, which explains the difficulty of obtaining these signatures for candidates who are not backed by the Democratic Party organization. The elections are non-partisan


United States Election Project Revises 2014 Turnout Data (November 22, 2014, 03:22 PM)

The United States Election Project, which studies turnout, has revised its figures for the November 2014 election. See here. The Project still estimates that 36.2% of the voters who could have participated did so. The link has figures for each of the 50 states, unlike the original data that omitted Indiana, Missouri, Utah, and Washington.

U.S. Supreme Court Sets Oral Argument Date for Case Involving Outdoor Signs (November 22, 2014, 11:16 AM)

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Reed v Town of Gilbert on January 12, 2015. This is the case challenging restrictions on outdoor signs. Although it is not an election law case, all First Amendment cases inevitably affect election law. The Ninth Circuit had upheld the town’s restrictions on signs, both as to size, and


Michael Steele, Former Republican National Chairman, Seems to Favor National Popular Vote (November 21, 2014, 08:23 PM)

Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee Chair, seems inclined to support the National Popular Vote Plan for presidential elections. See this story.

Oregon Genetically Altered Food Initiative Likely to Need a Recount (November 21, 2014, 08:04 PM)

As of the close of business on Friday, November 21, the Oregon initiative requiring labels for genetically engineered foods is very close. “Yes” is 752,163; “no” is 753,239. With a margin of only 1,076 votes, and many remaining uncounted ballots, it seems somewhat likely a recount will be held. See this story.

Constitution Party Wins One Partisan Office in Louisiana, Likely to Win a Second in December 6 Run-Off (November 21, 2014, 06:14 PM)

On November 4, Constitution Party member Ronnie Broughton was re-elected to the Webster Parish, Louisiana School Board, in a partisan election. Because he was unopposed, that office in his district was omitted from the ballot. Also on November 4, Constitution Party member Randy Fontenot placed first in a partisan election for Police Chief of Eunice,


Libertarians Won Eight Partisan Elections on November 4, but All But One Were by Default (November 21, 2014, 05:49 PM)

Libertarian Party nominees for partisan office won eight elections on November 4, but only one was contested. In the other races, the number of candidates on the ballot equaled the number of candidates to be elected. 1. Jacob Faught was elected Constable of Benton County, Arkansas, in Township 5. 2. Cheryl Heacox was re-elected to


UKIP Wins its Second House of Commons Election (November 21, 2014, 03:37 PM)

On November 20, a special election was held for the British House of Commons. Mark Reckless, the UKIP nominee, won. This is the second House of Commons election that the party has won. See this story. There were five candidates on the ballot. They placed in this order: UKIP, Conservative, Labour, Green, Liberal Democratic.

Michigan Bill to Change Open Primaries to Closed Primaries (November 21, 2014, 02:54 PM)

Three Republican members of the Michigan State House have introduced HB 5956, which would convert Michigan primaries from open to closed. The sponsors are Ray Franz of Onekama, Greg MacMaster of Kewadin, and Bob Genetski of Allegan County. The bill is in the 2013-2014 legislative session, so there is very little time left for this


Link to Language of Maine Initiative for Ranked Choice Voting (November 21, 2014, 12:45 PM)

Here is the Maine initiative for Ranked Choice Voting, which is circulating. If passed, Maine would use it for all partisan federal and state office. Thanks to Mike Drucker for the link.

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